Category Archives: MBA / Studies

The economy is tanking…

If you haven’t heard the news, would just like to update you that the general global economy is tanking. Greece can’t seem to pay off its debts because nobody there pays off their taxes (hence, the big deficit) and the … Continue reading

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End of Week 1: My First Class at LBS

Yesterday, we just finished our first course at LBS. It’s called Capital Markets and Financing, which is a psuedo-core course of their program for those interested to take a career in finance. As it’s a pre-requisite for other finance subjects, … Continue reading

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Surviving London – Day 1: A day of walking

I’ve never realized just how good it is to live in Hong Kong! Not to be a whiner (even though I am), but London is definitely: Chillier, and rainy-er than Hong Kong – it rained lightly at my arrival Less … Continue reading

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An MBA is NOT for everyone…

What are your purposes for MBA? Is it to change careers? Then yes, an MBA opens doors to multiple industries for you. Is it to increase your network? Then yes, you will meet friends for life. Alumni — if you … Continue reading

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Reflections while on my last week of internship

Sorry for the disappearance. I’ve been pretty busy with my internship and all. 🙂 Over the last two weekends, I’ve spent most of the Saturday afternoons and evenings sleeping. Honest? My body has just been drained waking up at 5:45 … Continue reading

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You think you’re so smart because you have an MBA?

Think again. We’re not. In fact, we’re pretty ordinary people. Like everyone else, we eat, sleep, go to the bathroom. We do everything that everyone does. In fact, if you ask us to stand in a line, it would be … Continue reading

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Do I regret my MBA?

As I finish my first half of my summer internship, someone asked me whether I think that my MBA was worth it. “Don’t you think that it really opened doors for you?” she asked. Honestly, I don’t think so. As … Continue reading

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Dead Tired

Last night, I plopped to bed and dozed off to sleep for almost 9 hours straight. It’s been one of the longest sleeping times that I’ve had in the last two weeks since starting my MBA. Some internship thoughts: My … Continue reading

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Musings a few weeks before we’re almost done in HK…

In a few weeks, the last classes for the Spring semester ends, heralding the end of all of 115 of us HKUST MBAs would be in Hong Kong together. Afterwards, come June, we start our internships with only a few … Continue reading

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Loving Rachel Zoe!

“To be honest, there are a million people out there waiting to see me fail. It makes for a better story. It’s what people want to see. They don’t like success stories. So I have to work much harder to … Continue reading

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Mom’s reply to my letter – she wants me to have FOUR lovely kids!

Dear Bonita, Mom is happy for you because if Trader thinks that way, he is a responsible man. Trader wants 2 to 3 children. For us, we wanted you to have four kids with 2-years interval. Like now, we are … Continue reading

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So, why NOT HKUST?

I have earlier talked about the benefits of taking a full-time MBA at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) here. Though many of the points are still valid seven months into the program, there are also harsh … Continue reading

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Guess what – I’m on Twitter @ #alphatsinay

Our professor has asked us to do a case on Twitter, that miniblogging networking site where you tell everyone about your day at 140 words or less. Given that I’ve seen less stellar Twitter-feeds (yes, my friends… I am a … Continue reading

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Baked a yummy cake yesterday

Thanks to th HKUST MBA Diners Club, we all managed to go to Kowloon Bay and bake ourselves a yummy fat inducing hazelnut chocolate cake. Presenting my creation below. I feel like a proud mommy.

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There is a big difference between the part-time and full-time MBAs

And don’t ever let anyone tell you differently. The part-time program in HKUST is 24 months versus the full-time’s 16 months, and yet the difference couldn’t be any more starker. The difference lies not in the quality of education as … Continue reading

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Slackers in the midst – go away!

A lot of my you who read my blog loyally may have a lot of opinions about me. But let me share with you what others think of me. And all I can say is that I’m not really sure … Continue reading

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Why I believe violence in media is okay for kids

Today, we were asked to defend the position, “The company should produce a very violent ad in a children’s toy (specifically an army helicopter) if ordered by a very important client even though the owner of the business believes that such move … Continue reading

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What I did in 2010… (Part I)

2010 had been a year of new beginnings and many changes. Here’s a brief rundown: January 2010: Trader and I had already been together for the last eight months and our relationship is rocky. We fight a lot because he … Continue reading

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10 Things I Want this Christmas

1) A customer-facing sales job in the sell-side… please, I ain’t smart enough for anything else! Haha, but honestly, it’s more of an ideal fit to my customer-focused, results-oriented personality. 2) A light-colored Bottega Veneta shoulder bag. Not that I’m … Continue reading

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The first daybreak after finals!

Spending my first days of my three week holidays with Trader in Singapore. I left almost as soon as I finished my final exams. After 12 classes, 24 units out of 52, we are now done with our first fall … Continue reading

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Why I don’t think I’ll end up in investment banking…

It’s funny. Many of my classmates would like to change careers and enter investment banking. “Why?” I asked. “I like challenges…” they answer. Pffft. They have no clue that investment banking is not about just tackling a challenge. It’s a … Continue reading

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Finals coming up in HKUST

We’re around 5 days away from finals that arrive next week, and many of us are pooped. We have around three quantitative subjects — Corporate Finance, Operations and Managerial Accounting — plus one Finance elective, with Information Systems and Macroeconomics … Continue reading

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Pissed.

You got that right. Your blogger is P.I.S.S.E.D. Reason? Unresourceful, lazy classmates who make constant excuses and do mediocre work. Given that we’ve been working professionals before our MBA, you wonder why they wouldn’t be better at work. Yes yes, … Continue reading

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Wishy-Washiness

My Taiwanese best friend/cum sister has changed her mind again, and it’s driving me nuts. She saw how life has changed for me after I transfered to Hong Kong, and wanted the same for her. She feels that it’s easier … Continue reading

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Women in Business – Can we have it all?

This morning, I awoke early at 6:30 am to be at the American Chamber’s Women in Business awards at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. The half-day conference started off with a bang with Ms. Angelina Kwan, MD of a regulator/compliance … Continue reading

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Seeking: Quality

The wonderful thing of getting older is that you have so many more choices. You can chose the types of restaurants you want to go to, clothes you want to where, places you want to visit. However, in the midst … Continue reading

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Sleep deprived

MBA is really about good time management. Though our semester consists of merely five (5) classes a week at 3.5 hour per class weekly, we’ve been swamped with a myriad of groupwork, networking opportunities and extra-curricular events. I don’t know … Continue reading

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Dear Mom and Dad: I am Losing my Sanity

Dear mom and dad, How are things at home? MBA life has been quite exhausting to date. Aside from balancing my extracurricular activities, networking and multiple, never-ending group meetings, we are constantly barraged by 7-chapter Data Analysis quizzes, a regression … Continue reading

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“It’s Complicated”

It’s funny – a month after starting MBA, some long-term, long-distances are starting to unravel. Whilst many people came into an MBA in a relationship, for some reason, a handful are now either “on a break,” or reverted to a … Continue reading

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Defining MBA Success

How do you define success in an MBA? The last couple of days had led me to really question about how success can be portrayed in an MBA. How do you know that you’ve really maximized your MBA experience? “It … Continue reading

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The MBA Group Honor Code

In an MBA program, we have tons of opportunities to work in a group. Preasently, in the five classes we’re having in this 1.5-month half semester, we have groupworks done for three of them. A group is both an opportunity … Continue reading

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Cooped Up on a Friday Night

It’s a Friday evening and I have chosen to stay at home and work on my economics assignment. As usual, there is our regular batch of classmates going out to party in LKF. “Come on Bonita,” one classmate invited, “It’s … Continue reading

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So how to keep a relationship while in MBA?

I was talking to one grad student today and she mentioned that she was part of the “statistic.” When I asked her what she meant, she mentioned that she was one of the many who came in business school with … Continue reading

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My Second Home: The HKUST Library

The facilities here at HKUST has been quite impressive. Not only do we have a spectacular view of Clearwater Bay, but it’s also home to a gorgeous library, where silence is king. I’ve spent a few hours today in the … Continue reading

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MBA Lesson of the Week 1: Pakikisama

Success in MBA comes in a lot of ways. Near-term for example, my biggest lesson of this week is all about pakikisama. Pakikisama is a Tagalog word that means, “to get along,” and this word is often used in many … Continue reading

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And it’s only been Day 1!

Dear dad and mom, School has been very stressful. This week, our assignment is to read a whooping 80-page annual financial report and answer a 4-page question sheet. We also had a 16-page economics report to analyze and digest for group … Continue reading

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6 Lessons from HKUST MBA’s RP/ELP Program

The first week before semester starts consist of our Residential Program (RP) and Experiential Learning Program (ELP). And all I can say is, we survived. I think that RP truly meant to be RIP, while ELP meant HELP. 😦 Here … Continue reading

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MBA’s First Few Days

MBA life is starting to feel overwhelming. Forget the small dorm room and the single-sized bed, which by the way has enabled me to wake up consistently the past three nights days at 9am since the bed is so small … Continue reading

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HKUST Dorm: My initial thoughts

Though I’ll be officially moving in my dormroom later this Sunday after I send my parents to the airport (yes, I do spoil them), I’ve already managed to clean up my place and load it up. My first thought after I … Continue reading

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My Present and my Future

I was sipping a skimmed capuccino this afternoon at the IFC after some errands around the Central area. Here my friends was my present at that point in time — while my peers were slaving away and earning decent money, … Continue reading

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So why am I doing my MBA full-time again?

I’ve just finished watching An Education starring the upcomer, Academy-nominated young actress Carey Mulligan, and the suave charming Peter Sarsgaard. It was such a pleasure to watch, and really hits the bulls eye on the type of education we’d like … Continue reading

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Why HKUST?

This may come as a complete surprise to you, but HKUST’s MBA program is the only one I’ve applied for. Why HKUST, you ask? Actually, quite a few of my colleagues raise their eyebrows when I tell them that yes, I’ve … Continue reading

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I feel empty.

I woke up today at 8:30 am, and got to work at a freaking late 9:30 am (considering the morning meeting starts at 7:30 am). I didn’t get too irritated or worked up after one of the salesdesk heads make … Continue reading

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I’ve resigned… kinda.

So I’ve talked to my line manager, the Head of Asian Sales. I told him about my MBA and that the reason I find such opportunity terrific was because it provides me with the growth I need. My boss thanks … Continue reading

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Debating Part-Time vs. Full-Time MBA

I’m wavering between taking a full-time MBA course and taking a part-time one. Most of my Asian friends and family have strong opinions about the subject. They lovingly suggest that I take the part time course given that I enjoy … Continue reading

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Pushback – What the…?!

I’m getting pushback from Trader and my parents because I wanted to quit my job and join the full-time MBA program at HKUST in case I get accepted. “I just want to make it clear so you’re going in with … Continue reading

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